The 4th street on ramp to NB 275 is now open in St Pete. This is great news for anyone driving from Pinellas County to Hillsborough county over the Howard Frankland Bridge. The 4th street ramps have been closed for almost 3 years now, since January 2021. Drivers wanting to get onto 275 NB have had to go around and take Roosevelt Blvd or Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd and enter that way onto 275 northbound.
Today, the road finally opened up. According to the Florida Department of Transportation the northbound ramp is open, however the southbound ramp is still closed. This is part of the ongoing construction project to build the new Howard Frankland Bridge. This will help with traffic in north St. Petersburg.
Howard Frankland Bridge Project Construction
Many people drive over the 275 bridge everyday, in fact, 170,000 cars a day do. The construction has been going on now for a few years, since 2017 and there has been lots of progress. FDOT officials said by the end of 2025, it’s estimated the new bridge will be complete and we will be driving over it. There are about 275 workers on the job which costs about $865.3 million. Each bridge is said to have a service life of up to 80 years. The Howard Frankland Bridge was constructed in 1959, making it 64 years old.
Once the new bridge is built, southbound traffic will move to the new bridge and northbound traffic will move to the existing southbound lanes.
The original northbound bridge will then be removed.